Today's News

  • Defense, Panthers’ rally stuns Chatfield

    ARVADA — Nick Low seemingly was in control on the mound. The Chatfield hurler had scattered three hits over five innings and retired nine of the previous 11 batters he faced.

    His Chargers teammates were doing their job at the plate, helping out his cause with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth cruising to what looked to be another summer baseball victory on June 10 at Pomona High School.    

  • All-conference spring sports: track & field, girls tennis


  • Police officer shoots self in hand at his South Jeffco home

    A Denver police officer shot himself in the hand Tuesday morning while examining a gun in the bathroom of his South Jeffco home, in an apparent accident.

    Detective Bret Starnes, a 12-year veteran of the Denver department, had been firing a Smith & Wesson 9mm at a shooting range earlier in the day. That gun malfunctioned, Starnes said in a Jeffco sheriff’s report, and he returned to his home in the 13000 block of West Arlington Place to pick up a replacement pistol from his gun safe.

  • Kids helping kids: Girl Scouts collect donations for Denver foster children

    By Chelsy Woods Klein

    For the Courier

    Nine Girl Scouts from Powderhorn Elementary School spent a year collecting donations to help kids entering Denver’s foster care network. And when they delivered the goods recently, the Scouts also imparted a message: “There are people out there who love you.”

    Those are the words of 11-year-old Skylar Lotus, a student at Powderhorn and a member of Troop 2035, which braved heavy rain and waterlogged streets on May 18 to deliver 250 care packages to the Denver Department of Human Services.

  • Shaffer, Mortensen elementaries link up for a cause

    On May 27, Shaffer and Mortensen elementaries joined thousands of chain links to celebrate a year devoted to Rachel’s Challenge.

  • Sex assault defendant suspected of violating bond agreement

    A Jeffco man currently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child was arrested last week on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond agreement.
    James Craig Bird, 64, faces new charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of violating his bond conditions. Bird is expected to appear in court to be advised of the charges on June 10.
    A Jeffco judge set bond at $100,000 cash, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office stated.

  • Athlete of the Year: Woody Kincaid

    Woody Kincaid just crossed the finish line, placing 11th at the Foot Locker Cross Country national finals last December in San Diego, Calif., when he ran into University of Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore. The words that Wetmore spoke were never so true.

    “When I finished the Foot Locker race I knew something was different. He said to me ‘your life just changed in 15 minutes.’ He’s right. It definitely did,” Kincaid recalled.

  • Coach of the Year: Bradd Markusch

    The puck came flying by Bradd Markusch’s head, just nicking the helmet the Chatfield hockey coach was wearing. The protective gear wouldn’t have been on if he hadn’t been diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor last October.

  • Eagles add program to athletic itinerary

    Dakota Ridge High School is adding boys lacrosse to its athletic program, replacing the void left when the school’s wrestling program failed to secure enough grapplers to compete this past season, athletic director Matt Heckel announced.

  • Spring sports all-conference teams

    Corky Patton, Bear Creek; Ryan Reno, Bear Creek; Parker Clough, Columbine; Mike Thill, Columbine; Preston Fugita, Dakota Ridge; Nathanial Fishel, Dakota Ridge; AJ Valerio, Dakota Ridge; Steven Wilson, Dakota Ridge; Zach Perez, Pomona; Nate Olinger, Pomona; Mike Safranka, Pomona; Nick McCasky, Ralston Valley; Jimmy Coleman, Ralston Valley; Jake Sawaya, Ralston Valley; Ben Yokley, Ralston Valley; Kristopher Swanson, Standley Lake